Leg Up for Cleveland’s Kids was conceived in 2016 by four community-minded equestrian women who wanted to bring the benefits of equestrianism to Cleveland’s urban youth. LUCK, a nonprofit organization, ran its first pilot program with a two-day immersion at the Chagrin Hunter Jumper Classic in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and has since held eleven programs of various lengths, impacting more than one-hundred Cleveland youth from Martin Luther King Jr. High School, St. Martin de Porres High School, Glenville High School, Lexington Bell Recreation Center, and St. Clair Superior Development Corporation.
Under its current model, LUCK transports Cleveland youth to the Chagrin Valley and its surrounds for programming at partnering stables. Long-term, LUCK seeks to create partner programming with the Cleveland Police Mounted Unit and build a state of the art facility to share with the CMU.
LUCK has been recognized by the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation, the Rose Foundation, and the Edwin Northrup II Foundation (pending), in addition to a number of individual donors.